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ursi
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An unusual question today.

My grandson has yesterday had the above vaccine. The nurse told my daughter that I mustn't change his nappy because of my low immune system.

Does anyone know if it will be ok to handle the baby?

Or where can i find out?

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Ianrussell69

My girl had this when she was 2/3 she was in quarantine for 3 days and had to use a disposable potty and all nurses were fully gound up it is very contagus be cearful if you take methatrexate

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Paul_Howard
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Hi ursi,

Here is the advice I can find on the NHS Choices website (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/rotavirus-vaccine-questions-answers.aspx#special);

"Do I need to take special care when changing my baby's nappy after rotavirus vaccination?

Yes. Because the vaccine is given to your baby by mouth, it's possible that the virus in the vaccine will pass through your baby's gut and be picked up by whoever changes their nappy.

The vaccine contains only a weakened form of the rotavirus, so traces of it in a baby's nappy won't harm healthy people.

However, it could pose a risk for people with a severely weak immune system (such as anyone having chemotherapy).

As a precaution, anyone in close contact with recently vaccinated babies should take special care with personal hygiene for two weeks following vaccination, including washing their hands carefully after changing the baby's nappy."

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ursi
ursi
in reply to Paul_Howard

Thank you Paul. I'm aware that I shouldn't change his nappy but wondered if cuddling him would pose a risk through his saliva?

Can't find any answers. I'm on Methotrexate.

Have a cooler day

Ursi

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RebekahC
RebekahC
in reply to ursi

Hi Ursi,

When my children had the vaccination, my nurse said to take extra care changing nappies, but didn't mention cuddles etc. I'm on azathioprine. I think everyday contact is okay provided you follow good hand hygiene.

Best wishes,

Rebekah

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Paul_Howard
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in reply to ursi

It mentions that "anyone in close contact" with the baby should take special care, but draws special attention to changing nappies, which is the highest risk.

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ursi
ursi
in reply to Paul_Howard

πŸ‘thanks

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ursi

Thank you Rebecca,that's very reassuring. Need to help out so my daughter can get some sleep!

All the best

Ursi

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